Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 6, 2018.
Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents
Lemon Ray Phelps, Marshall County
“Producers have given up on any chances of getting corn planted and will now focus their attention on soybeans and cotton. Rains last weekend followed great planting weather during the week.”
Stephen “Steve” R. Winters, Grenada County
“We had a couple of good days late last week to continue plantings. Rain Friday night and Saturday dumped over two inches of rain. It will be late in the week before we can start again.”
Terry Wayne “Skip” Glidewell, Prentiss County
“Lots of progress was made early last week as most fields were dry enough for fieldwork. However, significant weekend rainfall will slightly delay field access this week.”
BJ McClenton, Clay County
“A week of warmer, sunny days allowed producers to get a lot of corn planting finished and a good start on soybeans. It also added some needed forage growth in pastures.”
James “Randall” Nevins, Monroe County
“The county is still wet as we just got another rain shower this morning. The continuation of rain has stalled most producers from finishing up any corn plantings, so they are now looking at planting soybeans, peanuts, or cotton in the remaining crop acres.”
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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 6, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 34 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 35 percent surplus.
Low temperatures ranged from 42.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Newton to 65.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 72.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Newton to 85.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Vicksburg City. Minor rain was received by most of the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 0.98 inch.